Peppin Canyon Fire Final Update: 6/13/22, 9:15 am

Size: 2.5 acres

Cause: Lightning

Date/Time Detected: June 11, 2022, 3:00 pm

Location: North side of the Capitan Wilderness.

Map of the fire’s location:

Firefighting Resources: 1 wildland fire module, 1 engine, 1 repel crew, 2 helicopters.

Fuel Type: The fire is in a burn scar and is consuming brush and dead-and-down and dead-standing logs left over from the pervious fire.

Evacuations: None

Fire Update: Three days after firefighters responded to the Peppin Canyon Fire, there is minimal heat being detected. Firefighters will continue to monitor the area. The 2.5-acre fire in the Capitan Wilderness, where Smokey Bear was found in 1950, was caused by lightning. The Lincoln National Forest received over 850 lighting strikes last Wednesday, June 8, 2022, when a thunderstorm passed over the mountain ranges in southern NM and produced more wind and lightning, than rain. June is a critical time for fire activity on the Lincoln National Forest, as monsoon thunderstorms begin to set up, bringing with them dry lighting. Dry lightning is lightning that occurs without rain nearby. The Lincoln National Forest remains closed due to extreme fire danger and Stage 2 fire restrictions on National Forest land are also in place. Most counties and municipalities are also under fire restrictions including Lincoln County and the Village of Ruidoso.

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